Convocation 2021

Graduation and Convocation FAQ's

Will I graduate and receive my degree?

Yes.  If you have completed all the academic requirements of your program, and have completed the Application to Graduate process in UWinsite Student you will graduate.


How do I Apply to Graduate?

See the following link, for information on how to Apply to Graduate, and further instructions in the following ask.UWindsor article.


Do I have to Apply to Graduate if Convocation is virtual or if I do not plan on participating?

Yes.  All students who will have completed their degree requirements by the end of the Winter term for Spring Convocation and by the end of Summer term for Fall Convocation, must apply to graduate whether or not you plan on participating in your Convocation ceremony.

For specific deadlines pertinent to the current Convocation, please see Applying to Graduate

To Apply to Graduate, please log on to UWinsite Student.

After you have applied to graduate, it is recommended that you check your graduation eligibility status in UWinsite Student regularly, as applications are being evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Note:  Your graduation eligibility status will be "Approved" or "Conditionally Eligible" if you have been deemed eligible to graduate.
Specifically:
- "Approved" indicates you are approved to graduate
- "Conditionally Eligible" indicates you are conditionally eligible to graduate based on the successful completion of your courses.


How will I receive the parchment (diploma)?

Parchments, the legal document embossed with the University seal and the Graduate’s name and degree, will be couriered after the degrees have been conferred.

Your mailing address on UWinsite Student will be the default shipping address. Please note that couriers cannot deliver to P.O. Boxes.  You have until May 1 for Spring Convocation and September 1 for Fall Convocation to update your mailing address on your UWinsite Student profile for the purpose of shipping your diploma.

To update your address in UWinsite Student, follow the steps below: 

1. On the Student Homepage, click the Profile tile. 

2. In the left navigation menu, click Addresses

3. Change your Home Address (permanent address) and/or your Mailing Address (address while attending UWindsor).  

  • NOTE: If you are living in Residence at UWindsor, your Residence address will be pre-populated and cannot be updated by you in UWinsite Student. Follow this link for information on Residence Mailing Addresses.  

See the following ask.UWindsor article for steps on how to set up your student profile


Since Convocation ceremonies are virtual, will I be able to receive my diploma earlier?

Diplomas will be printed and distributed following approval of degrees at the University Senate meeting which takes place in late May for Spring Convocation and late September for Fall Convocation .  The student can request an academic verification letter which will state that they have successfully completed their degree requirements and the date of Convocation.

See the following ask.UWindsor article for instructions on requesting a Graduation Eligibility Letter,


I have a job offer that requires me to submit a copy of my diploma before the Convocation dates.  Will I be able to receive my diploma earlier?

The student can request an Academic verification letter which will state that they have successfully completed their degree requirements and that Convocation takes place at our Spring / Fall ceremonies where the degrees will be conferred and distributed.  See Registrarial Service Fees for the cost of this letter (Miscellaneous Letters).

OR

Early Release of degree:  The University will only release degrees early for employment reasons.

The following criteria must be in place:

  • A formal copy of your job offer from the employer has been submitted to shari@uwindsor.ca
  • Student has applied to graduate
  • All final grades must be posted
  • Early release fees have been deposited into the student account. See the following link for payment options.  
  • All outstanding debt has been paid up on the student account

 The fee for this service is $50.00 + shipping ($25.00 within Canada, $60.00 for international).  Payment can be made using on-line banking.  You will need to add the University of Windsor as the payee and your student ID# will be the account number. 


What date will appear on my diploma?

The date that will appear on your diploma will be the date of the ceremony. This same conferred date will appear on your transcript.


I need to order a transcript with a conferral date.  When will that be available?

You can order a transcript through UWinsite Student.  The updated transcript with the conferred date will be available following the conclusion of Convocation.

Please see the ask.UWindsor article for information on requesting a transcript.


How will my name appear on my diploma/certificate?  How can I change it?

Your diploma/certificate parchment will display your full legal name, as show on your primary name in UWinsite Student.  To make changes to your official name, you must request the change by emailing the Convocation Coordinator at shari@uwindsor.ca along with a scanned copy of the appropriate supporting documentation (ie. birth certificate, passport).

For your correct name to appear on your diploma/certificate and in the Convocation program, it must be received by May 1st for the Spring Convocation and by September 15th for the Fall Convocation.  If you send your request after the deadline date, you will have to order and pay for a replacement diploma.


Double Major:  Which Ceremony?

Students who are graduating with a double major will be included in the ceremony of their first major.  Concurrent Education students are usually included the Education ceremony.  If you wish to change this, please email the Convocation Coordinator at shari@uwindsor.ca and advise her of your choice.